Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chicken and Asparagus Roulades

This recipe is from my friend Joel. We were friends in junior high, high school and are both part of the Gator Nation (Alumni of the University of Florida). We have reconnected through facebook and he is still exactly how I remember him. The only difference is that he is older, which he emphatically denies but, I know it for a fact.

Joel is a picky eater, at least that is what he tells me.  He shared with me a really good chicken roulade recipe that his family has been recently enjoying.

For you to get a sense of who Joel is I have only slightly revised his written directions to me on preparing his new favorite dish.  I think his directions will put a smile on your face, and his face too, if you leave a comment for him.


Note: We served up his chicken and asparagus roulades with a side dish of wild rice.

Chicken Roulades
Serves 8
Recipe compliments of Joel Greene


Ingredients:
8-thin chicken breast cutlets or pounded thin
12 thin sandwich sized slices swiss cheese (8-ounce package)
1 pound asparagus, woody ends snapped off spears simmered in salted water until tender, then cooled.

Directions:
His note to me: Velveeta, the instructions were rather confusing, so here is what I actually did.


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.


Fill a big pan with water and turn on the heat to bring to a slight boiling point.  Add some salt, maybe a tablespoon or so, and then simmer the asparagus in it 4-5 minutes.  Taste one after 4 minutes to see if it's done.  if not, just give a little extra time.  Then put the asparagus aside and let it cool off.

I said the hell with overlapping, pounding and fusing as stated in the original recipe (Told you, I ain't no gourmet chef).  I simply laid out the 8 thin-sliced chicken breasts on plastic wrap, added salt and pepper to taste, and threw in some Italian seasonings (which was not part of the recipe, but which I like and which added flavor.)

I used provolone instead of Swiss because the wife does not care for Swiss.

Place one breast down, salt/pepper/Italian season it.

Add cheese slice (broken up if necessary, to fit the size of the chicken breast, but not too close to the edges).

Stick in about 4 asparagus pieces, roll it up tightly (as tightly as possible, as this is not easy).  Dip in flour that I dumped out on a plate, added toothpicks to hold together.

Then pan fry on medium heat to brown on all sides, which is not easy because of the toothpicks, but it is still manageable. (It has been suggested to me that I use twine instead of toothpicks, which I may try next time).

Then put in the oven 15 minutes.  No need to begin preheating the oven until you start the pan frying.

By the way, when I was done cooking it, I said "never again!", because it was too much hassle, but after tasting it, and seeing the wife go back for seconds, I might have to reconsider.

In actuality, the only real hassle was figuring out the #!!##% directions that I had.  Use my directions, and it will go pretty easy. It was worth it.

Joel Greene

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40 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Chicken roulades sound very healthy and flavourful.

Julie said...

These look delicious! Fun post! Thanks for sharing.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Very nice and gourmet-like!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Looks fantastic!!
Job well done=)

Rebecca said...

Looks like chicken sushi :) hahah! ...and it looks so healthy!

TKW said...

It does look like chicken sushi! Very elegant!

Pam said...

Yum!!! It looks delicious with all those good ingredients!

Andrea said...

What a yummy combo! I want to make this before asparagus goes out of season, sounds yummy!! I 100% agree, rolling chicken is a serious PITA but the flavor results are so worth it :)

lakeviewer said...

Oh Fun! Now Joel is taking on the cooking/directions part. Great recipe!

Eliana said...

Great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a beautiful presentation - that looks just amazing on the plate!

Chef E said...

I also need to get some more asparagus, and may raid my friends yard for purple ones, this is a great way to make us of the ingredients my dear!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks like a good recipe. Glad you've reconnected with your friend.

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Hi VElva, love the sweet story as muc as the recipe!!!
So delicious!!
Bookmarked!!
lOve u stopping by , but have moved to a new blog now:-)
http://brightmorningstarsfoodie.blogspot.com/

Have a super day!!!

Barbara said...

Cute post!
That is a lovely presentation, Velva! And it looks delicious. How clever to serve it with the wild rice...a perfect foil!

Magic of Spice said...

Just beautiful...Very nice blog you have here...

Ana Powell said...

Very elegant and delicious ♥

Dishesdone said...

Great story, LOL, I love Joel's directions! Especially he'll have to make it again for his wife, too funny! It looks fantastic! Love the wild rice with it!

Claudia said...

Now those are directions I can wrap my wooden spoon around! I love it - the flavors, the siimplicity and the presentation!

Pam said...

How funny! Love the directions. He's right, trying to brown something with toothpicks sticking out is not easy.

Fartman said...

That better not be Thad and Beyonce roulades . . .

My Little Space said...

They look so pretty! Just what I need right now. So hungry.... Yummm...mm.... Hope you're having a great day!
Cheers, Kristy

tasteofbeirut said...

These are lovely to eat and very nicely presented; like that side dish of rice as well.

Raina said...

Great recipe Joel! I love dishes like this..everything rolled in one:) Thanks for making the recipe easier to follow..lol. Will definitely give it a try. Like your choice of cheese too.

We Are Not Martha said...

Awww I loved reading his directions! Reconnecting with old friends is the best :)

Sues

5 Star Foodie said...

These look very pretty with asparagus inside!

Danielle said...

this is great!! love the direct, personal instructions! Looks like a great dish

Foodessa said...

I lost count of how many dishes I thought of never wanted to do again because they were a tad more work then anticipated. Only to change my mind once I had tasted it. Great for Joel to take on this meal challenge.
It was nice of him to share such a nice recipe.
Flavourful wishes, Claudia

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your chicken roulades are beautiful Joel. You certainly put a smile on my face with your frustration of the instructions in the recipe. Don't you wonder if people if ever ready their recipes? Sometimes I think not.
Sam

From the Kitchen said...

Delicious and it looks wonderful on the plate! I, too, get frustrated with recipes. My worst faux pas was preparing to make a sauerbraten for guests on a Saturday. I got everything ready but, since I didn't read the entire recipe, I missed the part that said "marinate for four days"!! We had steaks instead. Isn't it fun to reconnect on Facebook? My sweet niece graduated from the University of Florida and now practices medicine in Orlando. Since my sister also lives in Florida, we get into the "Gator" mode quite often.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

Laura in Paris said...

I love this idea! I often make "roulades" but have never thought of green asparagus!

Heavenly Housewife said...

What an elegant dinner, so beautifully presented!

Megan Carroll said...

Thank you for the recipe Velva.... Oh I am hosting my Pay It Forward Giveaway. If you can pass it on that would be great!

http://tomatotots.blogspot.com/2010/06/pay-it-forward.html

megan

Lyndsey said...

Asparagus sounds perfect with the chicken. What a lovely dish!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great post and I had to smile at Joel's comments! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful bike trip ;)

Devon said...

Joel, ever consider writing a blog?

girlichef said...

Ha! Love it ;) Gorgeous meal, too...

buffalodick said...

Chicken was in the air..many posts on people who I follow had a chicken recipe!

Hungry Dog said...

Looks good and I like Joel's style. He should have his own blog.

Joel Greene said...

You know, I was very excited when Velva chose my recipe to feature in her blog way back when, but now, I'm returning to it, as a link from my newest submission, and I've just scrolled through every comment that followed for the first time. I am feeling so much love from your readers Velva and I've got a big smile on my face.

As you know, my humor has not changed much over the years. It is still wise ass and warped by nature. For years, I've put my humor to work responding to inquiries to my real estate site that were clearly misdirected or just plain stupid or when a person seemed to be begging for my abuse.

If anyone would like me to send them the links to my best wise guy responses to these prospects, just email me at Joel@condohotelcenter.com, and I'll be delighted to share. Or Velva, if you say it is ok to just post them here, I will, but I did not want to steal your thunder.

Thanks to all of you who commented.

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